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End of Watch (2012)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  21 September 2012 (USA)
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Shot documentary-style, this film follows the daily grind of two young police officers in LA who are partners and friends, and what happens when they meet criminal forces greater than themselves.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jaime FitzSimons ...
Man Friend
Leequwid 'Devil' Wilkens ...
James 'Pistol' McNeal ...
Zone ...
Too Tall


In South Central Los Angeles, street cops Brian and Mike are partners - balls-out cowboys patrolling the streets as Latino gangs are in a power struggle with Blacks. Brian and Mike get lucky a couple of times, making big drug and human-trafficking busts, so a Mexican cartel orders their deaths. We meet Mike's pregnant wife (whom he married out of high school) and watch Brian's search for a soul mate. There are internal squabbles within the ranks of the LAPD and lots of squad-car conversation. Can the lads escape the cartel's murderous reach? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, some disturbing images, pervasive language including sexual references, and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 September 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En la mira  »

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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,152,683 (USA) (21 September 2012)


$40,983,001 (USA) (11 January 2013)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Brian (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike (Michael Peña) never wear their seat belts while they are out on patrol. See more »


On Taylor's uniform, he has a small USMC Eagle, Globe, Anchor pin on the corner of his left breast pocket. Throughout the movie, including connected scenes, it disappears and reappears. See more »


[first lines]
Brian Taylor: I am the police, and I'm here to arrest you. You've broken the law. I did not write the law. I may even disagree with the law but I will enforce it. No matter how you plead, cajole, beg or attempt to stir my sympathies, nothing you do will stop me from placing you in a steel cage with gray bars. If you run away I will chase you. If you fight me I will fight back. If you shoot at me I will shoot back. By law I am unable to walk away. I am a consequence. I am the unpaid bill. I am ...
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Crazy Credits

This film is dedicated to the men and women of the law enforcement community who face danger daily on our behalf. It is especially dedicated to our fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. This is for all that fight evil so we may not know it. God bless you all. See more »


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Written by Herbie Azor (as Herbie E. Azor) and Ray Davies (as Raymond Douglas Davis)
Performed by Salt-N-Pepa (as Salt 'N' Pepa)
Courtesy of the Island Def Jam Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Publishing
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User Reviews

Not your run of the mill LAPD movies
28 November 2012 | by (Bangkok) – See all my reviews

Unlike many of the current crop of macho cop dramas, End of Watch plays mainly to the grit of the daily challenges of patrolling the mean streets of South Central LA in the "Shootin' Newton" division. Unlike the stunning LA Confidential, with a historical story line, End of Watch is done in the cinema ver'ite' style - in a realistic real cops on duty in the LA war zone frame. The casting in this movie is picture perfect, with each actor giving in depth performances.The story line brings the Mexican / US drug problem into crystal clarity. Initially, the story fails to coalesce, and the video cam work is a bit disjointed and over done at the outset, but once you settle in to cinematic method, the film gets a hold on you. Definitely a movie for any law enforcement aficionados collection.

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